Policy Diffusion Dynamics in America by Graeme Boushey

By Graeme Boushey

Coverage Diffusion Dynamics in the United States integrates study from schedule surroundings and epidemiology to version components that form the rate and scope of public coverage diffusion. Drawing on an information set of greater than a hundred thirty coverage techniques, the study demonstrates that the "laboratories of democracy" metaphor for incremental coverage review and emulation is inadequate to seize the dynamic means of coverage diffusion in the United States. an important subset of suggestions set off outbreaks - the super speedy adoption of innovation throughout states. The e-book demonstrates how edition within the features of guidelines, the political and institutional qualities of states, and transformations between curiosity staff companies have interaction to provide particular styles of coverage diffusion.

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Empirical Models of Innovation Diffusion These theoretical models of information processing in social systems can be matched to distinct patterns of innovation adoptions.

Child protection policies like the Amber Alert or Megan’s Law directed public attention towards the visceral need to protect young children from violence. The three-strikes law cast mandatory sentencing laws in populist and easily accessible language that appealed broadly to American voters. Although these policies varied according to the ultimate cost, none involved terribly complex or sophisticated expertise to understand how the policy was intended to diminish crime. A similar dimension can be used to explain the slow spread of criminal justice reform policies in recent history.

Moving towards an epidemiologic framework further encourages researchers to consider intriguing questions about the virulence of policy ideas, the different strategies and behaviors of policy entrepreneurs and interest groups, and the varying resistance and susceptibility of states to innovation. It is an explicitly comparative approach. It attempts to understand the dynamics of diffusion by differentiating Contagion in the Laboratories of Democracy 15 between the attributes of states, interest groups, and policy innovations that determine the distribution of innovation through the federation.

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